Karen T. Borchers

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Karen T. Borchers (born 1957) is an American photojournalist, for the San Jose Mercury News since 1982. She retired from the Mercury News in July 2012.[1]

Borchers graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Photojournalism, and from Ohio University with an MA Degree in Visual Communications.[2]

She worked at the West Palm Beach Post and the Dayton Journal Herald. Her work appeared in Harper's,[3] and McClatchy Newspapers.[4]


Numerous photojournalism Awards from 1980 to the present.....In 1984 she was Runner Up for the National Press Photographer's Association "World Understanding" Award in the national yearly contest. She shared a Pulitzer Prize in General News, in 1990, with the SJ Mercury News staff, for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

  • 1999 Spot News Photo 1st, Peninsula Press Club [5]
  • 2000 Newspaper Sports Action Photography Honorable, San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association [6]
  • 2008 General News Photography 2nd, Peninsula Press Club [7]


  1. ^ "Karen T. Borchers". Mercury News Photo. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Photographers". Mercury News Photo. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Harper's Magazine: November 1996". Harpers.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_1999_April_26/ai_54463195/[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "SFBAPPA 26th Annual Awards". Sfbappa.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ "TV and newspaper photography contest winners". Sfbappa.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05.